ECT boost to arts, education, health

MONEY TO PLAY WITH: Evolution Theatre’s $4000 distribution from the Eastland Community Trust will go towards a local production of The Pohutukawa Tree, by New Zealand playwright Bruce Mason. From left are ECT business and community development adviser Liz Alder, ECT manager community engagement Audine Grace-Kutia and Evolution Theatre managing artistic director Dinna Myers. Picture by Paul Rickard

Arts, education and public health are among the sectors to receive Eastland Community Trust funding this month.

As well as $231,363 to Gizzy Kai Rescue earlier in July, the trust has awarded a collective $85,000 to Kaiti School, Gisborne Harrier Club, Mangapapa Union Parish, Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa and Evolution Theatre.

Kaiti School’s $30,000 distribution will go towards a new school playground and Gisborne Harrier Club will use their $18,000 distribution to create and facilitate more local events.

Other distributions included $15,000 to the Mangapapa Union Parish, to expand their debt help and budget services in-region and $8000 to the Motu Community Trust, to support a mountain bike fundraising event next month. Funds raised will go towards Motu Trust community building repairs.

Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa (Turanga Health) received $10,000 to deliver a series of marae-based community workshops. Dubbed Whare DIY, the workshops build whanau home maintenance capabilities and knowledge, for example increased energy efficiency, as well as healthy living, keeping well and staying safe.

Evolution Theatre’s $4000 distribution will go towards a production of The Pohutukawa Tree, by New Zealand playwright Bruce Mason.

Evolution Theatre managing artistic director Dinna Myers says the group is “overwhelmed with gratitude” for ECT’s support.

“This project is special to our little company. As we are finding our footing and growing our whanau in Gisborne, it is crucial to us to build a well-rounded and inclusive community.”

The Pohutukawa Tree is the newly established theatre’s first foray into productions that highlight Aotearoa’s shared history.

Auditions for The Pohutukawa Tree will be held next month.

In total, over the 2019 to 2020 financial year, $12 million has been earmarked for distributions by the ECT board.

For more information or to apply for funding, visit www.ect.org.nz.

Arts, education and public health are among the sectors to receive Eastland Community Trust funding this month.

As well as $231,363 to Gizzy Kai Rescue earlier in July, the trust has awarded a collective $85,000 to Kaiti School, Gisborne Harrier Club, Mangapapa Union Parish, Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa and Evolution Theatre.

Kaiti School’s $30,000 distribution will go towards a new school playground and Gisborne Harrier Club will use their $18,000 distribution to create and facilitate more local events.

Other distributions included $15,000 to the Mangapapa Union Parish, to expand their debt help and budget services in-region and $8000 to the Motu Community Trust, to support a mountain bike fundraising event next month. Funds raised will go towards Motu Trust community building repairs.

Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa (Turanga Health) received $10,000 to deliver a series of marae-based community workshops. Dubbed Whare DIY, the workshops build whanau home maintenance capabilities and knowledge, for example increased energy efficiency, as well as healthy living, keeping well and staying safe.

Evolution Theatre’s $4000 distribution will go towards a production of The Pohutukawa Tree, by New Zealand playwright Bruce Mason.

Evolution Theatre managing artistic director Dinna Myers says the group is “overwhelmed with gratitude” for ECT’s support.

“This project is special to our little company. As we are finding our footing and growing our whanau in Gisborne, it is crucial to us to build a well-rounded and inclusive community.”

The Pohutukawa Tree is the newly established theatre’s first foray into productions that highlight Aotearoa’s shared history.

Auditions for The Pohutukawa Tree will be held next month.

In total, over the 2019 to 2020 financial year, $12 million has been earmarked for distributions by the ECT board.

For more information or to apply for funding, visit www.ect.org.nz.

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